Couples have many choices when it comes to travel destinations. The island nation of The Bahamas, however, is often at the top of the list because it offers all of the romantic perks of the Caribbean. Here are just a few suggestions for how you and your significant other can make that flame burn even hotter during a Bahamian getaway.
You and your partner don’t need to travel to France to experience all of the beauty and splendor of the famed Gardens of Versailles. If you are a guest at Paradise Island’s luxurious One&Only Ocean Club, then you have the privilege of having access to their historical Versailles Gardens and French Cloister, which is located on the resort’s lavish beachfront property. Inspired by its French namesake, the Nassau version boasts an intricately-manicured garden and terraced inclines. The extravagant garden is surrounded by the ruins of a historic monastery that claims the distinction of being only one of four in existence whose stones originated from the French homeland. The Versailles Gardens’ notoriously whimsical and fairytale-like appearance has made it a popular venue for weddings and other events held by guests of the One&Only.
Various sources, including Expedia, note that the gardens are free of cost and open to the public. The Versailles Gardens are located on the eastern side of Paradise Island and are only a 15-minute walk from the Atlantis Hotel.
Who could discuss romance in The Bahamas without mentioning the crystal-blue water that laps up against the sugary-white shores of Nassau? Not only are the beaches a perfect place for setting an amorous mood, but they are also usually available for free or at a low cost. Knowing that expense will be a minor (or nonexistent) factor, you can feel free to explore the shores of Love Beach for some seclusion. Other options, such as Cabbage Beach or Cable Beach, are typically a bit more crowded; although they are also breathtakingly picturesque.
In addition to the external ambiance, passion can also be enhanced by your internal well-being. In other words, relaxation and doing right by your spirit can open you up romantically — and what better way to do so than with a couples visit to the spa? The Mandara Spa at the world-renowned Atlantis Paradise Island Resort is well-known for its pampering prowess, and its facility offers over 30,000 square feet of blissful gratification. And for a more intimate experience, you can enjoy your treatments in one of two private villas for couples.
Barefoot walks in the ocean water can be very romantic; however, sailing through the water on a catamaran can be even better! Flying Cloud Catamaran Cruises allow you to tour the sites of New Providence and Nassau on a 57-foot (17.3 meters) long catamaran that leaves from the Paradise Island Ferry Terminal. Flying Cloud offers three types of catamaran experiences: a half day of boating and snorkeling, a dinner cruise and a five-hour cruise (which basically lasts the entire day). Depending on your desired catamaran experience, the prices can range from $70-$95 per person.
After you and your companion have delighted yourselves with daytime activities, you can then change clothes for an evening of delicious Bahamian cuisine. The Graycliff Hotel & Restaurant offers many charming accommodations, including a unique dining experience. Its restaurant also offers wine luncheons where guests can taste vintages from its extensive wine cellar; the luncheons include a five-course meal that is designed to complement the sampled libations. Couples can also book a private meal in the wine cellar or even at the chef’s table. In any case, please note that there is a dress code for both lunch and dinner, so make sure to ask the staff about proper attire ahead of time.
It is often said that two people in love can enjoy themselves almost anywhere, so long as they’re together. If you’re fortunate enough to share a romantic getaway in the beautiful islands of the Bahamas, then you should make the best use of your time in paradise. Who knows when you’ll have the chance to do so again.